Derby recorded their biggest win under Wayne Rooney as a 4-0 victory at Birmingham saw them climb out of the relegation zone.
Three goals in 10 first-half minutes did the damage for
's side. Wayne Rooney's Derby team raced into a 3-0 lead through goals from
scored the fourth in the second half, leaving Rooney to reflect on a very good night’s performance.
“That performance has been coming over the last few weeks,”
“I’m delighted for the players and I’m starting to see a team that believe in themselves.
“They have been putting in good performances, the results have been getting better, and even though we lost against Preston, the performance was excellent.
“You can see the confidence growing in the team. They deserve that for the work they have put in over the last month.”
Rooney admitted it was a deliberate ploy as they sensed weakness in the Birmingham ranks.
“With the energy we have in the team, I felt it was the perfect game to take it to Birmingham,”
“I wanted to see if they could live with our energy and our desire and I felt we could overrun Birmingham and that’s what we did.”
Derby began the game in the bottom three but, after watching that, the interim Derby manager is confident that his side are looking upwards.
“I’m not worried,”
“We’ve got a lot of quality and hopefully with a few players coming in January, we can iron out some of the cracks and take us to that next level.”